ICANN appears to have put its initiative to sell new Internet address suffixes to the highest bidder temporarily in the back burner in order to smooth out some wrinkles in the plan.
Bids for new Internet addresses to rival ".com" and other suffixes will likely be delayed until the end of the year as a key oversight agency grapples with trademark and security issues.
For one thing, it's not clear how much money trademark holders would have to cough up for suffixes they primarily want just to keep them out of other parties' hands in order to protect their intellectual property.
For instance, the US$185,000 application fee would likely deter casual bidders from seeking, say, a ".disney" Web suffix, but the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) might feel pressured to register "disney.nyc," "disney.bank" and scores of others under each of the new names, simply to keep them away from others.
Other concerns include whether new suffixes could encourage more scams involving fake Web sites that look legitimate, and whether new suffixes would even get much use.

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